I'm having difficulting with a fresh install of Windows Server 2008 Standard R2 on a brand new HP DL385 G6. I am of course using a licensed version that I downloaded from MS site. I've tried using the HP Smartstart v8.30 and also v8.50. With Smartstart v8.30 I am able to get to 99% when it bombs out and just hangs. I've done some research and found something about autounattend.xml file being the cause requesting a product key. When I use Smartstart v8.50 it gets to the point of where it asks for the media and after I insert the extracted ISO dvd it confirms a valid copy but just hangs at 27% and something about hpbbsetup.exe. If I just skip using Smartstart the OS begings to load but eventully requests some CD/DVD drivers which I can't beleive because it begings to load with the drivers it has. I've tried different media i.e. usb thumbdrive,external usb hardrive,actually having the smartstart software mount the ISO.
I'm able to sucessfully load Windows Server 2008 Standard SP2 but that is not what I want to do. I have raid 1 SAS drives for the OS and an additional 600 Gb's on raid 5 with room to grow if need be. This server is going to be used as an Exchange box for a mid-sized 100 user company that I work for. I'm am somewhat at a loss on how to proceed. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated! I can't beleive this should be this difficult.